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World heritage site management: a case study of sacred sites and pilgrimage routes in the Kii mountain range, Japan

Jimura, T (2016) World heritage site management: a case study of sacred sites and pilgrimage routes in the Kii mountain range, Japan. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 11 (4). pp. 382-394. ISSN 1747-6631

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Abstract

This research examines three themes: heritage management and conservation activities, local communities and tourism development in Kii World Heritage Site (WHS) after WHS designation. Kii is a cultural WHS having links with Japanese religions and consisting of shrines, temples and pilgrimage routes. This study inductively and qualitatively examines these three themes. Overall, the current status of Kii WHS is satisfactory. Local people, tourists/visitors and experts are all actively involved in heritage management and conservation activities. WHS listing seems to have enhanced local identity, increased local people’s pride in their culture and place of residence, and triggered a revitalisation of local culture. Moreover, tourism’s negative impacts appear to be minimal, despite an increase in the number of visitors since UNESCO inscription. There are a few issues to be improved, which derive mainly from a lack of understanding of WHS status or conflicts between heritage management/tourism and religious practices. A more holistic approach, such as establishing a forum consisting of all key stakeholders, would be useful for the further success of Kii WHS as a religious and sacred site, place to live and tourist destination.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Heritage Tourism on 1st October 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1743873X.2016.1146287
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1506 Tourism, 1205 Urban And Regional Planning, 1604 Human Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G149 Travel. Voyages and travels (General) > G154.9 Travel and state. Tourism
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2016 08:19
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2016 11:33
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/1743873X.2016.1146287
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3003

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